Elliott Woods | 2 min | United Kingdom | 2011
A conversation between tree and people through 3D light patterns using tree’s leaves as voxels.
A small potted tree has a perpetual conversation with people. Through the use of video projection, a tree is augmented in a non-invasive way, enabling the presentation of volumetric light patterns using itʼs own leaves as voxels (3D pixels).
The tree invites viewers with a choreographed cloud of light that can respond visitors motion. As visitors approach, they can explore the immediate and cryptic nature of this reaction. The tree can form gestures in this way, and can in turn detect the gestures of its visitors. By applying a superficial layer of immediate interaction to the tree, can people better appreciate the long term invisible interaction that they share with it?
Installation – Kimchi and Chips
Camera – Elliot Woods
Editing – Mimi Son
Music – Trentemøller
MEDIA ARTIST, TECHNICAL DESIGNER
Elliot Woods is a digital media artist, technologist, curator, educator from Manchester UK. He creates provocations towards future interactions between humans and socio-visual design technologies (principally projectors, cameras and graphical computation). Towards this goal, Elliot co-founded Kimchi and Chips, an experimental art / design / technology studio based in Seoul. He is known for transforming a tree into an addressable array of voxels and for throwing augmented fireballs.
He is a curator of the ScreenLab Residency and ScreenLab Conference programmes, which develop digital media arts practice, and encourage the dialogue between digital and contemporary art cultures. He applies his academic background in physics to produce sense-able interfaces with abstract systems, whilst applying a methodical approach to artistic enquiry.
Elliot is a contributor to the openFrameworks project (a ubiquitous toolkit for creative coding), and an open source contributor to the VVVV platform. His code is available open source and for free on GitHub.
Mimi Son USER-CENTRED INTERACTION DESIGNER, VISUAL ARTIST
Mimi Son studied Interaction Design at Copenhagen Institute of Interaction Design since finished her MA degree of Interaction Design at the Landsdown Centre of Middlesex University in London. She has been teaching Interactive Storytelling at Kaywon School of Art and Design (Korea) for six years and has been working as an art director in her own studio.
Her artwork has been exhibited in Seoul, Tokyo, Barcelona and Arhus in Denmark. She is currently researching emotional and tangible interaction for future life and the effects of technology from a creative approach.
She is interested in exploring her surroundings with her eyes shining before creating something interactive and funny based on narrative snippets from her life. She loves to play with art and nature as well as technology, which all lead her into a creative world.